Banff Film Festival Lineup

Here’s the lineup of exciting film clips for Banff. Some are short, some are longer, some are funny, some are moving and all will be awesome. Get your tickets here: http://sgwa.org/banff-mountain-film-festival-2019/

Friday Night:Saturday Night:
Skier vs. DroneRogue Elements
RJ RipperFast Horse
Beaver BelieversViacruxis
Break on ThroughThe Mountain Life
IntermissionIntermission
Life of GlideThe Moment
For the Love of MarySurface
DividedHow to Run 100 Miles
Far OutThe Frenchy

Banff Mountain Film Festival – March 1 & 2


The Banff Mountain Film Festival has amazing stories of remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe. Once again SGWA brings the US Tour, featuring audience favourites and special tour edits, to Redlands, CA. Film dates are Friday March 1st and Saturday March 2nd, 2019, at the Fox Event Centre. Don’t miss it! Tickets remain $20; or purchase a $25 membership to SGWA and receive a free ticket.

Click here to order tickets.

December SGWA Newsletter

The December SGWA newsletter is out. Many of our outstanding volunteers are mentioned – take a look! And be sure to read John Flippin’s article about rebuilding the Fish Creek Trail. That was – and continues to be – a major effort to restore, after the damage caused by the Lake Fire.
Download it here – SGWA Newsletters

Winter Weather is Here

STAY SAFE!
RESCUES IN THE WILDERNESS CAN BE AVOIDED.
FOLLOW A FEW SIMPLE RULES

Stay together – do not leave your group,

Be prepared –  Carry Flashlight, Map, Food,  Water and Clothing

Be trail aware – Watch your surroundings, the trail looks different when you are coming back down. Turn around take a look, establish points of reference, a mountain top you can see or a particular rock formation, that will take you home. TAKE A MAP.  Many people are lost leaving the San Gorgonio Summit because they miss the trail going back to Vivian. Instead they end up miles from where they should be.  Watch for trail junctions, don’t just follow your feet without looking up.

Leave your itinerary –Make sure you tell someone where you are planning to go and when you’ll be back.

Winter conditions  – Be prepared for all weather conditions. Days change quickly from pleasant to snow and ice. Take warm clothing and equipment so you can stay overnight should you have to.  Days are short and nights are very cold.  Must have crampons/and Alpine boots, trails are iced and very dangerous.

August Newsletter

Although the Valley Fire put a stop to many of our activities, SGWA still did a lot of work during the last quarter. Read all about it in the August newsletter.

Valley Fire Closure Modified – Some trails reopened

Update: August 14,2018. Forest Service has revised the Valley Fire Closure to reopen some trails effective Wednesday Aug 15, 2018

Officials with San Bernardino National Forest today issued a new forest order modifying the Valley Fire Closure Area. The announcement on the Forest Service website, effective Wednesday, August 15, 2018, reopens a portion of the San Gorgonio Wilderness, but keeps trails closer to the burn area closed.

The closed area includes the following trails: San Bernardino Peak, Forsee Creek, Momyer trace trail to San Bernardino Peak, as well as the ridgeline from San Bernardino Peak to Dollar Lake Saddle. Refer to the revised closure map.

As of Aug 14th, the fire containment is at 82%, but continues to smolder. We recommend that you be aware of conditions around the mountains at anytime regardless of the Valley Fire. If conditions become threatening, please take your safety into first consideration: the mountain will be there later – keep yourself safe so you can enjoy it.

As before, residents and visitors to the area may continue to see smoke for the coming weeks. Hikers with questions about the closure can call the Mill Creek Visitor Center at 909-382-2882, Thursdays through Mondays. To keep updated on the Valley Fire, check Inciweb, the forest service Twitter account and the Valley Fire Updates Facebook group.

Mill Creek Visitor Center will resume processing permit requests for the reopened areas when we reopen on Thursday the 16th. The Permit request forms are in the process of being reactivated and will be available shortly.

Valley Fire affects access to mountains

Updates as of 7 PM Wednesday 7/11/18:

– 1348 acres, 24% containment

– Highway 38 has reopened in both directions. Please use caution as firefighting aircraft and equipment may be working in the area. Additionally, Caltrans will have intermittent traffic stops to complete storm related rock / debris removal along Highway 38 .

All hiking trails accessing the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area continue to be closed.

Please consider all existing permits as cancelled until further notice

Further updates as they become available.

Friday July 6 3PM:

Brush fire has erupted near Highway 38 and Valley of the Falls Dr. At 3PM the burn area was estimated to be between 50 and 100 acres and is heading uphill at a fast rate and has a potential to threaten the San Gorgonio Wilderness area.

San Bernardino National Forest Service has issued mandatory evacuations for the trail areas of Momyer and Vivian Creek as well as the day use areas in Forest Falls.

Highway 38 is currently closed between Bryant St (next to Mill Creek Visitor Center) and Angeles Oaks. Accessibility to the mountains will not be possible from Highway 38 until it is reopened.

We will be trying to contact everyone with permits for these areas to advise against trying to enter the area. San Bernardino Peak trail was not included in the evacuation, but we are also advising against entering that area due to the increasing danger at this time.

For both the #ValleyFire and #BoxFire, residents, visitors, commuters, etc can a call the fire information center at (909) 383-5688

2018 Summer Season begins

Barton Flats
The Barton Flats Visitor Center opens starting Thursday May 24 2018. Visitor Center Hours are:

Thursday – Sunday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Barton Flats Visitor Center is closed Monday – Wednesday

Mill Creek Visitor Center
Mill Creek Summer hours begin on Saturday May 26, 2018

Throughout the Summer season, Mill Creek Visitor Center hours will be:

Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays – 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturdays and Sundays – 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Mill Creek Visitor Center is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Camps are getting crowded and filling up. Be sure to plan your trip well in advance, especially if you plan to go on the weekends. If you need help, please call the Mill Creek Visitor Center at 909-382-2882.

SGWA Newsletter for May

The May edition of the SGWA newsletter is now available here. Read about our new mentoring program, some great trail work, and the profile of long-time volunteer Rex Philpot.

Join Us – Mill Creek Restoration Day Saturday May 12

Join SGWA volunteers at the Thurman Flats Picnic Area on Saturday May 12, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. for the first clean-up day of the summer. Come and meet Smokey Bear! Everyone is welcome! Bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, gloves and a smile – we’ll provide snacks and beverages. Learn about Leave No Trace and help restore Mill Creek to its natural beauty.   See you there!